Invent Resources (IRI) members are Sol Aisenberg, Ph.D. George Freedman, A. Ze'ev Hed, Sc.D. Richard Pavelle, Ph.D. Below are biographies and other information about them.
Richard Pavelle, Ph.D.
Selected Specialties: consumer products, electrochemical processes, gaming, hand-held electronic devices, invention and patent development, mathematical software & licensing
Named "One of 50 R&D Stars to Watch" by Industry Week magazine in 1996, Richard Pavelle is an applied mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, and inventor who creates unique products from a knowledge of current technology and a projection of future technological trends.
He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical physics (General Relativity) from the University of London and an undergraduate degree in physics from Columbia University. Dr. Pavelle has published more than 50 articles, given 200 presentations and has more than 20 patents issued and pending. He is an author of the Scientific American article entitled Computer Algebra.
On the research staff at MIT at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Lincoln Laboratory, Dr. Pavelle was a coauthor of MACSYMA and advocate of Computer Algebra systems. He was the first scientist to apply these techniques to solve intractable mathematical problems in science, engineering, defense systems and finance. He created the first computer algebra system capable of performing indicial tensor calculus. He was the motivating force, and the leader in the first successful business venture based upon this technology that is now an $80M business worldwide involving dozens of companies.
Dr. Pavelle's areas of patent interest include automotive accessories, electrochemical processes, electronic consumer devices, golf, jewelry using modern technology, medical devices, puzzles and sports-related devices. One particular patent, the credit card calculator, has resulted in sales exceeding $100M. Dr. Pavelle has received awards from Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Sharp Computer Corporation and Canon Corp. for outstanding innovation on this patent.
He also has patents on golf club faces from 1974 that taught the concept of expanded sweet-spot, now used by all manufacturers of golf clubs. Recent patents involve new types of polarized sunglasses and electrochemical process patents that will lead to large reductions in the charging times for batteries.
Dr. Pavelle is a founder and is the president of Invent Resources, Inc.
Anecdotes from Dr. Pavelle
"We had been discussing another invention with the president of a New York bank and, as an aside, we asked him whether his bank would offer, as a premium, a thin calculator imbedded within a checkbook. His reaction was so positive that my partner and I went home that night and built one. We took a standard calculator, ripped out the guts and imbedded them on a thin PC board. We took these components and imbedded them into a plastic check-register holder, and we had our one-hour invention. Unfortunately, at that time, solar cells did not have the power to run a calculator, and battery technology was expensive so that several attempts to build a company about the technology failed. It was not until several years later that Casio, Sharp, and Canon licensed our technology for their respective versions of the credit card calculators. Sales resulting from this patent have exceeded $100M."
"Shortly after I received my Ph.D., I received two patents on golf club designs. These were the first patents that taught the principle of minimizing the spin imparted to the ball by the golf club face by employing heavy metal inserts in the head. Poor legal advice led me to pursue design patents rather than utility patents that would have had a financial impact for me from the makers of all modern golf clubs."
Selected Specialties: heat transfer technology, kitchen appliances, materials technology, microwave power technology, new product development and programs, vacuum technology
George Freedman is an MIT trained engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who implements the innovation process throughout the entire spectrum of new product development from early functioning models to prototypes, production and finally to marketing and sales. His entire career has been devoted to the conceiving, organizing and management of innovation.
New products resulting from his innovations have been in advance of the state of their respective arts at the time they were introduced. Most were the basis of patents that he has authored and co-authored consisting of about two dozen issued and pending. More than 50 new products were developed by teams he led as head, for 18 years, of the New Products Center at Raytheon and have entered a wide spectrum of marketplaces, both high tech and low tech. Five have won national "New Product of the Year" awards. These, and new products developed outside of Raytheon, have resulted in substantial sales to their sponsors and licensees amounting in some years to more than two hundred million dollars.
Mr. Freedman has more than 30 publications, including the book, The Pursuit of Innovation, published by AMACOM Press of the American Management Association. While his primary skill is in the organization and carrying out of new product development programs, he also applies his broad experience and expertise to creatively addressing materials, assembly, heat transfer, microwave heating and vacuum technology challenges when developing unique products and intellectual property.
Anecdotes from Mr. Freedman:
"While at Raytheon, I led a small team of engineers to prove a theory that by using an intermetallic compound of a rare earth metal (samarium) and cobalt, it should be possible to increase magnet power by a factor of at least four from magnets available at that time. Within six months, we had produced the world's first samarium cobalt magnets that were stronger than those that could be measured at the National Magnet Lab at MIT. Raytheon's stock went up two points following the announcement. The magnets were later used in Patriot missiles and in tools used in the moon walk. Based upon this pioneering work, rare earth magnets are now commonly available, from many sources, for thousands of commercial and industrial uses and comprise a major category in the magnet market."
"I founded and was director of Raytheon's New Products Center which had as its mission the conception and early development of art-leading products for its divisions and subsidiaries engaged in numerous industrial, commercial and domestic marketplaces. Product ideas first implemented in the center grew to $200M in annual sales in these organizations while at the same time the Center became self-supporting from patent licensing revenue from other companies."
A. Ze'ev Hed, Sc.D.
Selected Specialties: materials technologies, advanced lighting and luminaires, medical and scientific instrumentation, refrigeration and cryogenics, new product development and launch, technology assessment and transfer
For the last ten years, general technologist Ze'ev Hed has provided consulting services to a broad spectrum of corporations ranging from providing technology assessment and new product development services to venture capital firms to launch new start ups, to providing proprietary product solutions to Fortune 100 companies.
He holds an Sc.D. in Solid State Physics from the Technion and an M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics from the Hebrew University. Dr. Hed's post doctoral work at Battelle Memorial Institute and at IITRI concentrated on high temperature materials. Dr. Hed holds 55 patents and has published 25 articles. Dr. Hed was President and COO of a medical instrumentation company and Divisional President of a technology oriented organization, both publicly traded.
Dr. Hed's areas of patent interest include cryogenics, thermoelectrics, innovative medical devices and instruments for diagnosis and therapy, remote illumination technology, superconductors and superconducting devices, novel chemical processes and others. His motto is: "I am too stupid to know it cannot be done." So long as an assignment does not violate the laws of nature, he is willing to take a stab at it.
Anecdotes from Dr. Hed:
"I co-founded a research company looking at how high-intensity light shifted the Circadian cycles of humans. The only problem with the system was the excess heat in the room during testing. I invented a system to duct the light into the room. Three patents have been issued. The technology is being applied to backlighting liquid crystal panels and illuminating appliances without external light."
"I was asked to find a way to cool the end of a catheter used in freezing the arrhytmogenic tissues inside the heart. I combined the best characteristics of traditional refrigeration techniques with thermoelectric cooling to create a new technology which resulted in two patents. The catheter is now starting its painful trek through the FDA and other agencies' approval process. As for the technology, I own the rights outside of the medical field. One simple application under discussion is a 'stick-like' wine cooler that will rapidly cool a bottle of freshly opened wine."
Sol Aisenberg, Ph.D.
Selected Specialties: enhanced patent applications and claims, medical technology, plasma technology, product development, technology development & transfer, vacuum technology, instrumentation, optics and electronics
Physicist Sol Aisenberg helps clients thrive through the introduction, development, and improvement of new technology, patents, and products. He advises in technology extension and applications for both high and low technology.
He has held part time appointments as a staff member at M.I.T., as a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and as a visiting research Professor in the Bioengineering Department of Boston University.
With a Ph.D. degree from MIT in Physical Electronics, Dr. Aisenberg has more than 134 publications, presentations and reports, 23 patents, and 7 IR 100 awards for important products. He is a pioneer in ion-assisted deposition and demonstration of hydrogen free artificial diamond film materials. He is experienced in plasma physics, plasma diagnostics, high vacuum systems, thin films, advanced materials, instrumentation, software development, medical devices, and biotechnology. He has line experience as Division President of high technology divisions of several Fortune 500 companies and is sensitive to bottom line objectives. He is a co-founder of Invent Resources, Inc.
Dr. Aisenberg also evaluates and improves patents and helps bypass competitive patents. He enhances the commercial potential of a client's technology and assists in transfer of selected technologies through creative, practical and productive solutions.
Anecdotes from Dr. Aisenberg:
"I enjoy reviewing issued patents for clients and identifying weakness in the patent claims. This is done for patents and patent applications. Even more important, I review patents and claims of competing patents that could block client patent applications and/or could limit the business of clients."
"In helping clients and their attorneys to prepare strong patent applications, I identify potential modifications and help make sure that they are included in the patent application and claims. My approach is to look at the applications from the point of view of potential attack and help devise ways of making the client application and patent bulletproof."
"The hardest part of inventing is in the licensing of the invention. For this reason, I prefer clients that are are serious in licensing the technology before devising the invention to them. Inventing is easy, licensing the invention is much more difficult. Before doing the easy part, do the hard part first."